700 BC - 700 BC

Photo of Tyrtaeus

Icon of person Tyrtaeus

Tyrtaeus (; Greek: Τυρταῖος Tyrtaios; fl. mid-7th century BCE) was a Greek elegiac poet from Sparta. He wrote at a time of two crises affecting the city: a civic unrest threatening the authority of kings and elders, later recalled in a poem named Eunomia ('Law and Order') where he reminded citizens to respect the divine and constitutional roles of kings, council, and demos; and the Second Messenian War, during which he served as a sort of 'state poet', exhorting Spartans to fight to the death for their city. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tyrtaeus has received more than 168,447 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Tyrtaeus is the 551st most popular writer (down from 534th in 2019), the 137th most popular biography from Greece (down from 130th in 2019) and the 16th most popular Greek Writer.

Tyrtaeus is most famous for his poems that were written to encourage the Spartans to fight against the Athenians.

Memorability Metrics

  • 170k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 73.88

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 33

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 9.28

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.02

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Page views of Tyrtaeuses by language


Among writers, Tyrtaeus ranks 551 out of 5,794Before him are Frantz Fanon, Appius Claudius Caecus, William of Rubruck, Georg Trakl, Natsume Sōseki, and Alain Robbe-Grillet. After him are Patrick Süskind, Harriet Tubman, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Jacob L. Moreno, Isaac Babel, and Elie Wiesel.

Most Popular Writers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 700 BC, Tyrtaeus ranks 7Before him are Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, Astyages, Psamtik I, Jeconiah, Arion, and Cyaxares. After him are Amasis II, Periander, Phalaris, Psamtik II, Anacharsis, and Necho I. Among people deceased in 700 BC, Tyrtaeus ranks 4Before him are Isaiah, Hesiod, and Gyges of Lydia. After him are Achaemenes, Jehoahaz of Judah, Cylon of Athens, Callinus, Perdiccas I of Macedon, Shebitku, Ariaramnes, and Theopompus of Sparta.

Others Born in 700 BC

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 700 BC

Go to all Rankings

In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Tyrtaeus ranks 137 out of 855Before him are Costa-Gavras (1933), Pittacus of Mytilene (-650), Saint Titus (13), Agesilaus II (-444), Demetrius of Phalerum (-350), and Pleistarchus (-500). After him are Apollodorus of Athens (-180), Spyridon Louis (1873), Parmenion (-400), Lysander (-401), Saint Giles (640), and Longus (110).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Tyrtaeus ranks 16Before him are Simonides of Ceos (-556), Archilochus (-680), Phaedrus (-20), Lysias (-445), Arion (-700), and Alcaeus of Mytilene (-620). After him are Longus (110), Demetrius Vikelas (1835), Periander (-700), Odysseas Elytis (1911), Epicharmus of Kos (-524), and Agathias (536).